Sadok and Khadija live in Kebili, Tunisia. Both are unable to work and find it hard to make ends meet.

Farm labourer Sadok, 55, sustained a broken pelvis after falling from a palm tree at work in October. Since then, the father-of-four has been unable to provide for his family.

Sadok wants to get well and return to work as soon as possible.

Sadok wants to get well and return to work as soon as possible.

“I am going through the hardest time,” he told us during our distribution of Ramadan foodpacks in Souk l’Ahad. “My son had to leave school in order to cover our [expenses]”

Currently bedbound and paying more than 150 TND (nearly GBP 49) a month for medical treatment, Sadok is anxious to get back to work as soon as possible.

“I need significant support to recover and go back to work. Work is a matter of dignity.”

Khadija relies on a small pension

At 63, Khadija Faraj is unable to earn a living from working on the farms of Kebili – and, living alone since her husband died, struggles to get by on a small pension of just 125 TND (about GBP 40) a month.

Khadija wants to become self-sufficient.

Khadija wants to become self-sufficient.

“I have no family to support me, nor children to look after me,” said Khadija, who wants nothing more than to be self-sufficient and dreams of rearing livestock to improve her income.

“I still have the energy to rely on myself, help me try it. A few goats [would provide me] with milk and minimise my daily expenses.”

Islamic Relief has so far distributed 975 foodpacks to ease hunger and hardship in Tunisia. Each parcel is packed with essential staples such as rice, couscous, pasta, lentils and chickpeas – as well as harissa and a range of other delicacies. The packs are designed to last an average family around 10 days.

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